Fall in Love with Your Life again
Think about the best phase of your life. What did it look like? What
made it different? Somewhere in the mix of life, the colours can lose
their brilliance. No worries…it happens to the most of us. Here are some
things you can do to add some pizzaz into your life. Warning: these
suggestions are extremely easy to implement and have the power to change
Take a walk through the park
Find a nice park around you and just take a stroll. As cliché as it
sounds, it might just add a spring to your step. Bring yourself back to
the simplicity of life by walking through a non-commercialised zone.
Soak in the greenery and fill your lungs with fresh air.
Set a measurable goal for time of silence
This is a bit crazy…but we really do have to set apart time for
The world is getting louder and louder, so we have to be intentional
about giving our bodies silence daily. Start small and ease yourself
Set a timer for 15 minutes so you don’t have to think about when to
Quiet your thoughts and sit or lie down in a wakeful state of
Eat 2 more servings of vegetables than usual
We all know that we feel better when we eat well, so give your body a
boost. Pick a day of the week and add two more servings of vegetables
than you normally would.
Don’t get too ambitious if this is not natural for you. Stick to the
extra servings just once a week. Then, after it’s a weekly habit, you
can a day at a time.
Eat something indulgent on purpose
There’s always some part of us that wants to indulge in a sweet
dessert or less-than-healthy treat. I just ate a Key-Lime Cheesecake.
I worked hard today and gave myself a treat. Keep it special. Know
you will only do this occasionally and enjoy the treat.
Watch a comedy
Life is too serious sometimes. Watch outrageous comedy. Step outside
your situation and watch life from the lens of a comedian. Find the
humour in the mundane.
Learn how to bake
Baking requires meticulous technique and whimsical imagination.
Immerse yourself in something that will work your brain in a different
way and then make someone else happy with the things you’ve created.
Build something with your hands Just like baking, any kind of craft
made with your hands injects a very organic energy into your life.
Find a project that does not require much time or energy, preferably
something you can complete in a couple hours. There’s an innate need to
create in all of us.
Make a list
This one is a bit more concrete and practical. Make a list of things
that make you feel stuck and see what you can eliminate. Do this twice a
year and whenever you feel stuck and stale. Some factors are out of our
control, but there are some things we can change. So we should.
Call an old friend
What was the best friend era you ever had? Call one of those friends.
Connect over the phone. In this digital age, it is so special to
actually receive a call from an old friend. Get nostalgic and lose
yourself a bit. It might even inspire a spark in you.
This is so powerful. Do you hold any grudges? Free yourself. That
negative energy does not serve you. Release that power and don’t worry
about the other person.
Do something completely selfless
Focus on someone else. When you help others, you benefit too. Yes,
you do need to make sure that you are healthy, but you don’t need to be
perfect to help others. Just a little act of selflessness can ripple
many other kind acts.
Create a safe space
Where do you go when you feel drained, exhausted, upset, or happy?
Find a physical space in your home that will absorb all these emotions.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, just somewhere you can peel back the
layers and just be.
Get new towels or shower curtains
Home design shows have put a reno bug in all of us. Unfortunately, we
can’t renovate our homes every couple years.
What’s the next best thing? Freshen up your space with things that
change the landscape of your room. Try a fresh new bed cover, shower
curtain, or towels. A Rs 750 solution to hold you over till the next big
Try a new food
My grocery bags look the same week after week. I have to go out of my
way to get some new flavours on my taste buds. Keep life interesting.Try
one new food every week. A snack, take out, whatever you want. Expand
Watch a documentary
Get immersed in something bigger than yourself. Find a cause or
phenomenon that interests you and then binge watch about it.
You just never know what it will lead to.
Join a Book Club
Even if you’re not a big reader, it’s good to hear other people’s
perspectives on the same work of art. Choose a group and remember that
you are not committed for life. Just try it.
Clear out your closet
Cleanse the staleness out of your life starting from the 10 year old
pants you never wear. Remove unused clothing every 6 months. Make it a
habit not to purchase more hangers when you buy new clothing. Maintain
the size of your wardrobe by getting rid of something when you add an
Keep your counters clean
It’s so easy to place something on an empty countertop. Resist the
urge to clutter your space. Make it a goal to remove any non permanent
items (like mail) every day or every couple days, at the most.
Cut Down Your Daily Goals
Do you get overwhelmed with all you’d like to do? Most people don’t
do all they’d like to because of overwhelm paralysis. Try this for a
month. Just focus on 1 goal for each day (other than daily tasks). What
is the one thing you can focus on today. When you make a goal, remember
to keep it measurable and specific. Small goals will help you get to
your larger goals.
Often and everywhere. Smile because there is a lot to be thankful
for. Smile because you are alive. Smile because you can brighten
another’s day. Of course, smiling’s best friend is laughter, so laugh
What do you think? Which one of these will you start doing this week?
If you start feeling really good about your life again, just smile.
(Grace Ghazarian is a small business owner who
inspires others to take the leap into following their passions through
her Podcast: ‘small and IN CHARGE’ and blog: smallandincharge.com. Her
goal is to mobilise great people to do amazing work for the good of